Thursday, May 1, 2014

Gathering in Christ

Luke 21:10-11
Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be great earthquakes in various places and famines and pestilences, and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.”

Was this of the devil or of God?  It is of neither. It is of man, though both God and the devil are behind it. War is a conflict of wills, either of individuals or of nations.  National quarrels are everywhere today, and it is those quarrels that make men say, “Well, blot out nationals altogether; the only thing to do is ignore the fact that there are nations; let us look forward to a time when there will be none.” This attitude is a revolt which is a mere safety valve. The vision of a time when there will be no nations is right, but ignoring the fact that there are nations just now is not the way to establish the vision.

After the war, the elemental will take its place again, and we shall recover what we had lost in over-civilization… In the final issue, some things belonging to civilization will be found to be fine, and some disastrous.  The preaching of the “gospel of temperment” and all such shallow optimism has been hit on the head by the war; there are some clouds with no silver lining and the injunction to cheer up is an insult.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 121 (5/1)
From The Shadow of Agony

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